Busch cleans up at Texas


Steve Mickey



Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch had to overcome a lengthy rain delay to start the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway before he could notch his second consecutive win of the young season. The trip to victory lane was the 36th of his career but it was not like many of his wins where he had the dominant car as he only led 34 of the race’s 334 laps. Saturday night’s win was the second of the weekend for Busch as he also won the Xfinity race on Friday night. It was the ninth time in his career that he had swept both races at a track during the same weekend.

The Texas sweep comes on the heels of his sweep of both the Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup races last week. The two consecutive sweeps makes him only the second driver to ever accomplish the feat. Harry Gant had consecutive weekend sweeps at Richmond and Dover in the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series in 1991.

With the win Busch is now tied with Jimmie Johnson as the only driver with more than one win this season as the duo leads all drivers with two wins that all but guarantees their spot in the Chase at the end of the regular season of 26 races. The win also moves Busch to the top of the point standings as he holds a slim six-point lead over Johnson.

BRISTOL NOTES: The Sprint Cup Series will be making its first of two stops at the East Tennessee track this weekend with the running of the Food City 500 on Sunday but Saturday will also feature a full day of racing with a very unique Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Xfinity Series race schedule. The Series will qualify Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. but the results will not be the final starting order for the race later in the day. The series will take a page out of the Sprint Cup qualifying procedure used for the Daytona 500 as following qualifying there will be two heat races at 12:30 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. that will set the final order to start the race. The two heat races will both be 50 laps in length and the finishing order will then be used to set the starting grid. The finishing order of the first heat will be placed in the odd number starting spots with the finishing order in the second heat race used to fill the even starting spot. The start of the 200 lap main event will get under way shortly after the conclusion of the second heat at 1:45 p.m.

COLOSSUS will be waiting for race fans as they enter the world’s fastest half-mile track at Bristol this weekend as the speedway is set to unveil its newest upgrade to the track that in a few months will play host to what will be the largest attended crowd to see a college football game when the Tennessee Volunteers square off against the Hokies of Virginia Tech. Colossus is the name of the world’s largest outdoor center-hung four-sided video screen with each one of the four high-resolution screens measuring 68 feet wide and 30 feet tall. The structure is the size of a three-story building and it comes complete with a sound system that will rival any system in an outdoor stadium in the country with its 428 stadium speakers.

CONCESSIONS at Bristol are all set to offer the famous “Dale Jr. Sandwich” featuring Hellman’s mayonnaise and bananas on white bread. The price of the sandwich will be four dollars with one dollar of each sandwich sold going to the Dale Jr. Foundation.

Driver Introductions are also unique at Bristol as each driver gets to select a song to play as they are introduced. It has become a tradition for both the Food City 500 in the spring and the August night race.

Race Preview

Event: Food City 500

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (.533-mile concrete oval with 24O-30O of banking in the turns)

Date: April 17, 1:00 p.m.

TV: FOX

Radio: PRN

Defending Champion: Matt Kenseth

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